Glamping is still camping but not just camping. As an amalgamation of glamorous and camping, glamping is becoming more and more popular today as resorts and lodges are embracing this trend of hospitality. In Southeast Asia particularly, where a few rainforests are still relatively untouched, riverways still pristine, and lush jungles are found within minutes from city centres, it’s no surprise that you’ll find a wealth of glamping sites in the region.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Nestled in the magical bamboo forests of the Golden Triangle, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is the perfect escape, offering all-inclusive unique excursions that include interacting with rescued elephants, exploring spectacular mountain trails or simply unwinding in only 15 luxury tents.
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle takes ‘glamping’ to a sophisticated extreme. Inside each tent, the walls and peaked rooftops may be canvas, but the layout is palatial, hearkening back to 19th-century adventure expeditions. Recycled teak floors, hand-hammered copper tub, king-size bed and private outdoor shower coexist seamlessly with modern amenities like WiFi and climate control. Outside, the sun deck overlooks a hazy series of hills.
9 Hornbills Tented Camp – Ko Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Located on the island of Ko Yao Noi, halfway between Phuket and Krabi in Thailand, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is a secluded sanctuary that can only be reached via boat. Situated atop a private hill called 9 Hornbills, this exclusive and adults-only luxury resort that boasts of having the most beautiful views of Phang Nga Bay.
There are only 7 large African-style safari tents within the property, each featuring its very own private pool, an imperial bed, air conditioning, claw-foot bathtubs, and furnished with sustainable harvest wood by local Thai craftsmen.
And if a private pool, epic views, and exclusivity isn’t enough, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is only steps away from a private beach that guests can reach with their dedicated golf buggy. The resort also offers complimentary kayaks and paddle boards to use on the beach, and you can also rent motorbikes or bicycles to explore the island.
Beyond in-villa dining like a floating breakfast, 9 Hornbills also offers private dining like an intimate barbecue or a dinner boat trip to marine park island.
This is a destination resort where authentic simplicity meets an eco-conscious spirit with a sense of relaxed adventure in mind. It is a striking and original experience for anyone looking to spruce up their regular island retreat, and is reminiscent of why glamping was very recently so very in vogue.
Rosewood Luang Prabang – Laos
Rosewood Luang Prabang is hidden in the lush green jungle that surrounds the historic royal settlement of Luang Prabang, a river – emanating from a flowing waterfall – runs through the heart of this exotic retreat. Taking its cue from the French-Lao architecture for which the town is known, the interiors of this luxury resort reflect the influences of ancient temples, while luxurious tented villas celebrate the explorer spirit.
The resort offers 23 spacious accommodation options including four deluxe rooms, four specialty suites, three riverside villas, six pool villas and six luxury tents. Each of the resort’s guest housings is bordered by a riverbank. The 75-square-meter luxury tented villas include their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. Inside the tent, Lao tradition and French colonial style are sensitively woven throughout the design and architecture, including the use of indigenous materials and locally inspired artwork.
Rosewood Luang Prabang offers an incredible array of activities, from a heritage walk through the heart of the old town, to a trip to a traditional weaving village. Guests can, therefore, visit a local temple, go for a cruise on the river, or sign up for a culinary tour.
Shinta Mani Wild – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Shinta Mani Wild is a deep immersion into nature, a joyous feat of maximalist storytelling in the jungle – specifically, the lush wilderness of south-western Cambodia.
The most thrilling thing about the place isn’t that you arrive by army four-wheel-drive and then zipwire over the forest canopy, to be met – grinning madly – with a botanical Khmer G&T beside the rushing river. No, it’s the fact that Bensley bought an 865-acre swathe of magical, orchid-rich rainforest between three national parks to protect it from logging, mining and poaching. This meant guests could properly enjoy one of the decadents, whimsically themed tents along the river, and the house-made herbal tonics in the thatched spa, against the happy background hum of the Raging Sister waterfall. They could thrill in the snappily dressed staff ushering guests to take a river safari or eat wonderful foraged food in the main tent.
Among scores of river- and forest-based adventures, the most fulfilling was joining an anti-poaching patrol team, whose sheer love for the minutiae of the jungle belied the AK-47s slung across their shoulders. Shinta Mani Wild is no airy piece of greenwashing. For all its grin-inducing whimsy, this is the real thing.
Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Inspired by the early European settlers from the 1800s, Bill Bensley conceptualized Capella Ubud, Bali as a tribute to their spirit of adventure.
Capella Ubud, Bali offers 22 one-bedroom retreats and one two-bedroom lodge, set within a dramatic terraced landscape and nestled between lush rainforest, rice paddy fields and the sacred Wos River, in an authentic Balinese artist village called Keliki.
This refined tented camp is a hidden sanctuary from afar that truly captures the imagination of those who aspire a unique experience, that allows them to enjoy the essence of Ubud’s untouched natural surroundings in personalised and stylish comfort.
Whether it’s climbing an active volcano for sunrise, tasting over 35 indigenous chocolates from around the archipelago, being blessed by a Balinese Healer or simply enjoying an afternoon nap while being serenaded by the forest symphony, the offerings are vast and varied.
You can reconnect with yourself and nature through a variety of cultural, culinary and physically and spiritually adventurous activities offered in and around the camp.
For dining, multi-sensory culinary journeys await you with a choice of Mads Lange, Api Jiwa, the Camp Fire, bespoke private dining and in-retreat dining.
Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali, Indonesia
Situated right beside rice fields, Sandat Glamping Tents Bali features eight eco-friendly luxurious structures and five luxury safari-inspired tents. It is designed for guests to linger and enjoy the landscape and space. The décor differs slightly in each of the five tents, but natural shades prevail and promote a sense of peace and luxury. The signature tents are surrounded by tall vegetation and have their own private deck and plunge pool.
With an on-site spa, restaurant, and only 3km from the cultural and spiritual center of Bali, the boutique resort offers the best of both worlds in its exclusive spot: seclusion and privacy, while also being in close proximity to the best of what Bali has to offer.
Lak Tented Camp – Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam
Less than 1-hour flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, LAK Tented Camp is developed from the back-to-nature concept, offering guests an eco-hideaway in harmony with local landscape, culture and architect.
The 4.8-hectare resort will delight all couples, families and wanderers searching a unique glamping in Vietnam and ecological tours and experiences. It’s a perfect destination for every tourist to immense in picturesque scenery, discover vibrant culture and experience local life of the Central Highlands in Vietnam.
LAK Tented Camp is set on a prime hill overlooking the picturesque LAK Lake, featuring a limited collection of 15 Lakeview Tented Lodges, 4 Lakefront Wooden Bungalows, and 1 Y Lieng House. Y LAK Restaurant which was a restored M’Nong long house provides M’nong, Vietnamese and Western dishes with farm-to-table ingredients.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of of leisure activities in their bucket lists, from farm-to-table cooking class, coffee harvesting and brewing to hands-on traditional pottery making, from sunrise kayaking to sunset cocktails, from cultural village walk to immersive cycling across field and farm.